I know of diehard Tories who intend to vote for Majorcan Nationalists and Labour Party supporters who are contemplating giving their vote to the Greens. I mention this fact because there is an assumption here when it comes to non-Spanish EU residents that they will vote for the party they support in their country of origin. This is not the case at all. In the local elections in the Balearics in May us non-Spanish Europeans are only allowed to vote in the council elections (in other-words we are not allowed to vote in the Balearic government elections which take place on the same day). A rather stupid state of affairs because if you can vote in one you should be able to vote in both but that is the legislation as it stands at the moment. As far as I am concerned I am looking at all the parties, including some I would never have dreamed of supporting, because I think they might be good for my area, which in this case is Palma. In the outlying areas of the island the political map is even more diverse. I know of one British couple who intend to vote for the Majorcan Nationalist Socialist Party because they know their local candidate and think he will be an excellent Mayor. I think you can safely say that politics are very different at council level. If the Partido Popular believe that the non-Spanish EU residents are going to vote for them simply because they suspect that a sizeable number of expatriates are more inclined to vote for centre/right wing parties in their countries of origin they will probably find that they are deeply mistaken. Council elections are not general elections and the politics can be very different.


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